I am appalled by the degree to which our very own government is willing to degrade The Home of The Free.
A week ago I was chatting with a young man I know who told me he had a DUI a month or so ago. He'd been jailed. Then fined. Then told he had 90 days to acquire a car, purchase a "blow and go" breath analyzer, install it, get insurance and hit the road again. ... Or face jail again. If returned to jail he said, he'd be charged $50 per day for his jail time. That on top of the fines.
Now mind you, the good people (and not so good ones, and ones with really poor judgement-- the latter being his category) are stripped down pretty hard financially in this region. A lot of them struggle to pay the $4.10 per gallon to get to a job that pays $9.00 per hour if they're lucky. (A lot of jobs, like picking apples, are by the lot-- a bin of apples, for example, paying out $17.00 per bin and the bin weighs out at around a thousand pounds I believe.) Most will travel no less than 20 miles to get to and from work, and if they have to go as far as Omak for work which many do, (that's the big city in Okanogan County-- the one with 3 stoplights now... the ONLY 3 stoplights in the county)... for those folks, they might travel 80 or more miles. 80 miles for a $9 / hour job. $72 per day. Before taxes. Before paying for fuel, insurance, and mechanical breakdowns.
I know another man in this county who was accused of a heinous crime that he did not commit, yet he has been shuffled around from one State-appointed attorney to another for 2 full years now. There have been around eight "Readiness Hearings" over these past two years. Each time the day goes like this: I accompany him to the Readiness Hearing. His name is called and he and his attorney stand before the judge. The attorney tells the judge that he is not ready for trial, that there's one more witness to track down, or a key witness is on vacation. Once the attorney stood up to tell the judge he'd just been assigned the case and had no idea what it was about and would need time to do the work to defend his new client. In the most recent Hearing, the judge told my friend that his attorney was no longer working for the State and that he had been appointed a new attorney with whom he would meet soon. (His attorney had been fired when he told the court his caseload was too high and he could not represent his clients competently given the allotted time.)
Two years. No trial. Two years during which time an innocent man could easily be further victimized by a law such as the one proposed in Senate Bill 1813, for in this bill, one could lose his ability to travel for reasons that include the examples above as well as for having the IRS claim there's an issue around one's tax return.
With laws such as those you have passed in the name of "National Security" under the so-called "Patriot" Act, We the People are quickly becoming puppets and prisoners of our jailers-- And those jailers are the very men and women we "elected" to represent us.
I implore you to stand up for the Constitutional Rights of ALL Americans. Stand up against the Senate Bill 1813. Vote it down.